Collective trauma, meaning trauma for a group rather than an individual, can change the fabric of our communities and society as a whole. Collective trauma can be an isolated incident localized to a unique community (such as a school shooting or neighborhood fire) or a long ongoing system of oppression (such as segregation). Wars, natural disasters, and pandemics are examples of large-scale traumas that affect multiple communities at once, potentially changing the way people, governments, and communities interact, work, and think. Like generational trauma, communal trauma can leave long-lasting and complex wounds among its individual members.
I often describe the collective trauma field as: imagine you’re growing up in an apartment and, all your life, you never took a step outside. And one day somebody visits you and asks you, “How does the house look from outside?” And you can’t tell them because you never saw it.
We see trauma when it happens, when there is a war or when there is an atrocity, and similar things. But there is a much bigger systemic aspect, we have to become aware of. There are many thousands of ways how trauma has fine fibers in many aspects of our lives.
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A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Healing Shared Trauma What can you do when you carry scars not on your body, but within your soul? And what happens when those spiritual wounds exist not just in you, but in everyone in your family, community, and even beyond? Spiritual teacher Thomas...